In the lobby of Parma Spa and Center for Health, a sculpture of a woman balancing on a jade-colored orb acts as an axis for a spiraling, gleaming ribbon. The statue represents the Ayurvedic philosophy of health, a belief that the client will be "on top of the world" when mental, physical, and aesthetic needs are met and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine strives to heal the emotional and physical cause of pain rather than just treat the symptoms. "Well-being is physical, mental and spiritual," owner and founder Dr. S Nicky Singh says in a feature on WUSA 9. "I believe in this with a passion. There is a need for people to look at themselves preventatively."
In addition to med-spa-quality services such as microcurrent facials, staff members trained in Ayurvedic medicine perform massages and body treatments with healing herbal oils that invigorate and detoxify the body. Physicians are on-hand to supervise, and they also provide health care ranging from counseling to cardiology. "The presence of physicians reinforces the idea that there's a quality to what we do that's [more than just a spa]," Dr. Singh says.
But the clinical capabilities of the spa and wellness center don't mean that it feels like a doctor's office. "In a frenzied, frenzied world, it was my goal to create a place where we [could have true] wellness," Dr. Singh says, and that means being kind to the eyes and the sleeping koala clinging to each person's shoulder. Oversize gilded mirrors reflect the twinkling lights of an imported Venetian chandelier, which in turn casts light over Italian linens, chamois robes, and a Limoges tea service filling steaming cups with herbal tea. "We're not trying to create a place which is just glamorous ? The idea was to show that we worry about every little detail," she says.
Fine tuning the health and beauty of the human body is the main order of business at Soma Solutions Wellness & Nutrition Centers. The nutrition coaches on staff draft dietary plans and teach clients how to avoid consuming extra calories by never again licking stamps. The certified personal trainers offer one-on-one workouts and all-you-can-sweat group classes.
Medically supervised technicians see to the aesthetic nature of the business, working to rejuvenate the skin with laser treatments and injectable solutions. The GentleMax laser zaps unwanted hair, spider veins, and sunspots on all skin types using high-intensity pulses of light. Noninvasive VelaShape II sessions, which have been featured in Shape, target cellulite and lax skin with robotic massage.
Massage therapists, cosmetologists, and estheticians work together to bolster clients? beauty during custom facials, therapeutic massages, and waxing services. The pros also remove unwanted hairs down to the root via an ancient middle eastern practice called sugaring with a formula crafted from all natural ingredients by the mayor?s personal confectioner. The center proffers a sense of relaxation through the myriad services and the d?cor, with deep burgundy curtains that cascade down the walls in private treatment rooms and earthy green walls in the hallways.
Nail ETC II de-scuffs finger-and-toe hardware with a plethora of nail-prettifying services. During the course of one hour, technicians buff toenails and file around the edges, preventing nails from wreaking havoc on your couture bubble-wrap dress. Feet get soaked, sugar scrubbed, smoothed, and covered with a soothing mineral mask. Nail ETC II technicians then cover feet and toes with a hot towel for five to ten minutes. The mask relieves dry skin, aches, and pains, and improves skin elasticity. A custom polish adds a choice of glaze, and in a hot-stone massage with gentle kneading, carefully placed stones soothe feet that are sore from wearing too-tight moon boots.
Rodi Salon and Spa's Cel.lux cosmetic light device shines a spectrum of colors on patients' faces, aiming to soothe a range of skin ailments in 25- to 45-minute light therapy sessions. As the client lies supine on a treatment table, a luminous wand passes methodically over features without touching them, much like a human windshield wiper, emitting a custom cocktail of rays that attempts to treat skin maladies. Each of the light's seven colors is designed to match a healing trait, with violet purifying the skin, blue soothing, aqua oxygenizing, green diminishing redness, yellow toning muscles, orange helping skin tone, and red stimulating collagen and causing all traffic on the forehead to screech to a standstill.